THE TECH COMPANY THAT SCORED A DEAL TO HELP MAKE THE ROADS SAFER

Written on the 19 September 2017 by David Simmons

THE TECH COMPANY THAT SCORED A DEAL TO HELP MAKE THE ROADS SAFER

A BRISBANE tech company has developed a world first interactive training program for learner drivers before they get behind the wheel which could be rolled out across Australia. 

THE Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads has already launched the PrepL eLearning program to assist young drivers and Croomo says it is in discussions with other state governments and overseas governments.

The program takes learners through a four to six hour online interactive course that includes simulated driving scenarios and real-life interviews with those affected by fatal car crashes.

Chief Growth Officer of Croomo, Daniel Bermingham (pictured), says the team has been working on the project for about two years.

Bermingham says his team of 20 designers, artists, and developers, are hoping to increase awareness of road safety in Australia.

"The Queensland Government is putting itself at the forefront of road safety in Australia and the world," says Bermingham.

"Last year, 250 people died on Queensland roads alone, so I believe that PrepL has the potential to save many lives in the future."

Bermingham says young Queenslander's comfort with technology will assist learner drivers in embracing the PrepL program.

"Young people are very comfortable with technology and we believe they will enjoy the PrepL experience, while gaining valuable knowledge," says Bermingham.

"In some scenarios, they really will be in the driver's seat and have to react appropriately to potential dangers."

The PrepL program is available online on desktop, mobile, and tablet formats. Bermingham says Croomo had used its experience of developing interactive safety training programs for Australia's biggest resources companies to develop PrepL.

In Croomo's program, learner drivers will cover the signs and road rules, be taught about sharing the road, and be instilled with driver values.

Renowned Queensland researchers also appear in video clips to explain in clinical detail why our brains can't cope with texting and driving, how alcohol impairs judgement and how seatbelts save lives.

Learner drivers will cover the Fatal 5; signs and road rules; sharing the road and driver values.

They will unlock each section as they progress by correctly answering questions on each topic.

Unlike the current 30-question multiple choice paper test, PrepL students will have to answer more than 380 separate questions, challenges and activities.

PrepL is now undergoing advanced testing and this month 300 Queensland teenagers will take part in the first large-scale pilot program.


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